Preliminary observations of soil organic layers using a compact MRI for non-destructive analysis of internal soil structure

Mitsutoshi Tomotsune, Shimpei Yoshitake, Rina Masuda, Hiroshi Koizumi

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Abstract

Soil organic layer samples of two different forest types were observed using compact MRI to visualize internal structure and clarify physical properties of forest soil. Soil pores and organic materials were distinguished by differences in proton mobility and visualized with a spatial resolution of 234 µm. Soil pore ratios and water mobility were calculated by image processing, and their differences between the two forest soils were detected. Our results suggest that compact MRI has potential for non-destructive analysis of soil physical properties and is expected to have significant applications in ecological studies.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)303-310
Number of pages8
JournalEcological Research
Volume30
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2015

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Keywords

  • Decomposition
  • Ecological tool
  • Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)
  • Non-destructive analysis
  • Pedosphere

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  • Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics

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Preliminary observations of soil organic layers using a compact MRI for non-destructive analysis of internal soil structure. / Tomotsune, Mitsutoshi; Yoshitake, Shimpei; Masuda, Rina; Koizumi, Hiroshi.

In: Ecological Research, Vol. 30, No. 2, 2015, p. 303-310.

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